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Health & Safety Notice – February 2010

Includes FAQs:

  • Do I need a departmental Health and Safety policy? 
  • How should access to Laboratories be controlled?
  • What risk assessments do I need to complete?
  • What format should these risk assessments take?

Radiation Protection

CLEAPSS released an updated L93 booklet in September 2008. This contains new materials for auditing and recording schools radioactive sources. The booklet can be accessed from the CLEAPSS website ( you will need your username and password) or through the CLEAPSS CDROM. Please see section 5 of the guide for the new auditing forms.

Schools are asked to support the LA to keep records up to date by completing and returning the form 5.9 with details of all sources kept on site.

Schools should ensure that all new teachers are trained in the use of radioactive sources.

The Radiation supervisor should change the old local rules sheet with the new Standard Operating Procedures (see p43 of the guide), which should always accompany radioactive sources and associated practical equipment when used by teachers in the classroom.

The information below will be needed by schools in order to complete their new SOP:

  • The LA RPA is Monty Guest, who is available through the CLEAPSS RPA service.
  • The LA RPO is Joanna Conn, address as on contacts page.
  • The hospital can be your local hospital.

All school-based Radiation Protection Supervisors are required to attend training on a three yearly cycle. To find out about local courses please use the CLEAPSS website.

Schools’ Chemical & Waste Disposal Annual Exercise December 2013

Change to the Annual Process

Previously in the Autumn Term a letter and form would have been sent to the Head of Science in All Secondary schools to remind them that this annual service is available. 

It is now the responsibility of individual schools to download the Chemical Disposal form from this page.  The form should then be completed by the Science Technician in the Autumn Term who will list any chemicals which need to be disposed of and return the form to the e-mail address below by the end of March in each academic year.

The Health & Safety Team will then liaise with the disposal company and a quote for the disposal of the chemicals will be sent to the school.

Should the disposal company have any queries or feel they cannot dispose of any of the listed items they will inform the H&S team and the school will be notified.

Collection usually takes place during the latter part of the Spring Term.  You will be advised of the collection date in advance by the Health and Safety Team or the disposal company.

This is now a chargeable service to schools.  Schools can obtain an indicative quote from The Health & Safety Team.  All Forms should be returned to The Health & Safety Team at the e-mail address below:


Chemical Disposal Form

If at any time you are concerned because you have chemicals or other substances that may be a Health & Safety hazard, please contact the Science Adviser for advice on how to deal with the situation.

If there is no immediate danger you will probably be advised to make the chemicals secure until the next annual chemical collection.